Colorado is typically the hub of winter excursions, but Vail Mountain proves that it can be a fantastic getaway in the summer as well. There is a wide variety of family-friendly activities, perfect for a cooler change of pace for Texans.
First stop: Adventure Ridge. Among the summer tubing opportunity, ropes course, trampoline, climbing wall and motor tours, there is our personal favorite—a zip line. The four-line “zip flyer” is a unique way to see the area while having fun. Test your courage by dangling 10,350 feet in the air as you soar over the trees. Does this seem too scary for your little ones? Not to worry, there is an 80-foot long zip line that will definitely give them plenty of excitement.
For the men in the family, Gore Creek Fly Fisherman offers guided fly-fishing trips that allow for a rare insight into the nature of Vail. Your choice of either a relaxing wade trip or a more fast-paced float trip will leave you with unforgettable memories. Not only that, but the professionals have an immense knowledge of the waters and the fish that inhabit them. If you’ve ever wanted to fly-fish in a beautiful mountain stream, this is the place to do it.
Don’t forget to visit Blue Moose Pizza before you leave. This kid-friendly and casual restaurant serves New York style pizza suitable for a post-adventure feast. You can even go for a healthier option by trying the Salad Pizza, or any other traditional pie, on whole wheat crust.
Between July 1 and August 6, Vail plays host to one of the Top Ten “Can’t Miss” Classical Music Festivals, Bravo! Vail. All you have to do is buy tickets, pack a picnic and head to Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater to enjoy several world-renowned orchestras, even Texas’ own Dallas orchestra.
Once the kids have worn you out, head back to Lion Square Lodge down at the base of the mountain. Stay in your choice of a guest room or a condo; both options come with great views of the Rocky Mountains or Lionshead Village. The Lodge is steps away from the Eagle Bahn Gondola—an express chairlift and your transportation to countless activities.
Stay tuned for more from Vail at a later date!
By Mayson Shelton